The Florida governor sent dozens of people to a Massachusetts island as part of a migrant relocation policy
The Bexar County Police, in the US state of Texas, has filed criminal charges for the shipment in 2022 of dozens of migrants to the island of Martha’s Vineyard, in Massachusetts.
“The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has officially filed a full criminal case with the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office regarding the September 2022 incident in which 49 migrants were airlifted to Martha’s Vineyard.” a spokesman for the office told The Hill.
“The charge presented is illegal detention and various charges have been filed, both misdemeanor and felony. At this time, the case is being reviewed by the prosecutor’s office,” the spokesperson added.
In September, the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis – current candidate for the Republican Party primaries for the 2024 presidential elections – sent dozens of people to Martha’s Vineyard as part of a migrant relocation policy.
Other Republican governors authorized the busing of thousands of migrants to cities governed by the Democratic Party to protest the flow at the border and immigration policies.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the oldest civil rights organization in the United States, issued an alert at the end of May warning of the risk of traveling to Florida due to the policies ” openly hostile” of the Republican governor. Also the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC, for its acronym in English) recommended not to travel to Florida in a notice issued last Wednesday due to the new immigration law that will take effect in July of this year.
The law requires employers with more than 25 employees to verify their immigration status through a federal database known as E-Verify. Employers who do not comply with the law face fines of 1,000 dollars (about 924 euros) a day until they prove that their workers have the required documents. It also provides fines for those who transport undocumented immigrants to Florida.